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A Family Affair: Community Living

Retirement living, even in the best community, can be a transition for the senior you love. Family connections should not be underestimated; numerous studies show that family involvement enhances the emotional well-being of senior living residents. Moving your senior into Country Meadows Village will take care of all of their day to day needs, but nothing can replace the wonderful feeling of being connected to family. Which is why we have compiled a list of 3 things for family to do once your senior moves into Country Meadows Village. 1. Visit – At Country Meadows Village, we encourage family and friends to visit their seniors. WE LOVE YOUR VISITS! You are always welcome to attend our classes and groups. Play a round of bingo, watch a movie, or join them for dinner. Your senior will love showing you off to their friends. We even have classes that we set up with the family in mind, such as the Alzheimer’s luncheon or the caregiver support group. 2. Call – A simple phone call reminds your loved one that you are thinking of them. If you live away from your loved one, consider setting up video chatting, like FaceTime or Skype. Many […]

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Senior Living: Being proactive can save you time, money, and stress

You’ve toured the senior living community, asked all of the right questions, tasted the food, met the residents, and have worked out all of the details for your golden years to be great. You are set to move, when the director informs you that there is a waiting list. What? Desirable retirement communities will have a wait list. The list could stretch into months, and occasionally years. To help navigate this, be proactive with your plans. Don’t wait until the moment you need assistance. Instead, start your search now and consider adding your name to the waiting list of your desired community. Ask what the waiting list involves: Is it an open-ended waiting list where you can keep your place on the list until you are ready to move? What type of deposit is required? Is the deposit refundable and under what circumstances? What benefits will I receive while on the waiting list, such as use of the amenities, or invitations to events? Once you are on the waiting list, relax. You just made a big decision that will improve the twilight of your life. At Country Meadows Village, we want your transition to be smooth and friendly. Come take […]

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Aging isn’t for sissies!

Aging is hard work, physically we change, such as our eyesight, hearing, or cognition. But, our Golden Years can be wonderful, especially if you have the right attitude. Check yourself: do you tend to be pessimistic, see the glass as half-empty, or think the worst of people and situations? Are you too self-critical? If you aren’t normally optimistic and want to be, change will happen, it takes time to keep the negative talk at bay and replace it with positivity. Surround yourself with positive people. Watching how others approach life with an upbeat and productive attitude will help. Be open to humor. Laugh, smile, and feel the joy that comes with giggling. It’s been said that “laughing is the best medicine,” and it’s true! Turn “I can’t” into “I can try.” Because aging is presenting new limitations on life, it’s easy to give a big sigh and be resigned to our restrictions. Instead, think of ways around your limitations-where there is a will, there is a way. Come join any of our activities, which you can find here: http://countrymeadowsvillage.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/meadows-calendar-1.jpg  Your positive attitude can have an effect on your well-being. New friendships, less stress, improved health, and you’ll have more fun. […]

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Driving: Aging and Staying Safe

For most of us, driving has been an important aspect for independence. The idea of giving up driving can be distressing, especially if you have been driving safely for years. And, if you are concerned about your spouse’s or parent’s driving skills, having a conversation with them can be difficult. Aging can bring vision impairments, loss of motion, and decreases in strength and mobility. And while aging doesn’t equate to giving up your license, an evaluation of your driving skills might be warranted. For seniors, there are a few signs to consider: • Recent dents or scratches on the car • New health issues • Chronic complaining about other drivers • Recent tickets Consider some easy adjustments like vehicle modifications, limit drive times to daylight, don’t drive in inclement weather, or use city roads instead of freeways. Ultimately, everyone should feel safe driving. Anticipate how your driving will be affected in the next few months and years. Be honest with your abilities, and consider recommendations from an occupational therapist specializing in driving to improve your skills and keep you driving for years to come. And if you need to have ‘the talk’ with someone about their driving, stay positive and […]

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